Rural women lead way to voting
Jaipur: Women from villages of Rajasthan stood ahead of their urban counterparts in exercising their right to vote during the 2018 state Assembly elections. Nearly, 74.66 per cent of women and 73.80 per cent of male voters have cast their votes for the state polls. As the final voter turnout was declared by the Election Commission on Saturday, female voters were leading in percentage in most rural constituencies.
Urban areas have lagged behind rural constituencies in terms of voting percentage and had comparatively higher participation from male voters.
A total of 4,74,37,761 voters in the state include 1,69,58,506 female and 1,82,45,723 male citizens. Of the total population, 3,52,04,304 people, which is nearly 74.21 per cent, have cast their votes at polling on Friday. This was nearly one per cent less than the record voter turnout registered in the last state elections.
Female voters have continued to hold the top end of vote percentage. The difference is more obvious in the districts of Shekhawati region. The percentage of female electors casting votes as compared to their male counterparts was on an average 5 per cent higher in all 21 constituencies in the districts of Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu. The difference was more than 10 per cent in Mandawa, Jhunjhunu (79.50 per cent female and 67.32 per cent male) and Lachmangarh, Sikar (79.51 per cent female and 68.86 per cent male).
The gender divide was also obvious at district level. The capital district of Jaipur, which registered 74.45 per cent voter turnout, saw a higher participation of male voters as 75.07 per cent of them turned out to vote compared to 73.76 per cent women.
However, it was mostly urban seats of Civil Lines, Jhotwara, Hawa Mahal, Kishanpole, Adarsh Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Sanganer where women lagged behind. While Kotputli, Virat Nagar, Shahpura and other rural seats had women voters in lead.